Human papillomavirus disease

Human papillomavirus disease

Human papillomavirus disease (HPV infection) is caused by a DNA virus from the Papillomaviridae family.

 Many HPV infections cause no symptoms and 90% resolve spontaneously within two years.

In some cases, an HPV infection persists and results in either warts or precancerous lesions.

These lesions, depending on the site affected, increase the risk of cancer of the cervixvulvavaginapenisanusmouth, tonsils, or throat.

Nearly all cervical cancer is due to HPV, and two strains – HPV16 and HPV18 – account for 70% of all cases.

HPV16 is responsible for almost 90% of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers.

Between 60% and 90% of the other cancers listed above are also linked to HPV.

 HPV6 and HPV11 are common causes of genital warts and laryngeal papillomatosis.[1]

Human papillomavirus infection
Other names Human papillomavirus
Human papillomavirus disease
The major capsid protein L1 of HPV 11
Specialty Infectious diseasegynecology,


Symptoms None, warts
Complications Cancer of the cervixvulvavagina,

penisanusmouth, tonsils, or throat

Causes Human papillomavirus spread by direct contact 
Risk factors Sexual contact
Prevention HPV vaccinescondoms
Frequency Most people are infected at some point in time

An HPV infection is caused by the human papillomavirus, a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family.

Over 200 types have been described.

An individual can become infected with more than one type of HPV,

 and the disease is only known to affect humans.

 More than 40 types may be spread through sexual contact and infect the anus and genitals.

Risk factors for persistent infection by sexually transmitted types include early age of first sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners, smoking, and poor immune function.

These types are typically spread by sustained direct skin-to-skin contact, with vaginal and anal sex being the most common methods.

HPV infection can also spread from a mother to baby during pregnancy.

 There is no evidence that HPV can spread via common

items like toilet seats, but the types that cause warts may spread via surfaces such as floors.

 HPV is not killed by common hand sanitizers and disinfectants, increasing the possibility of the virus being transferred via non-living infectious agents called fomites.

HPV vaccines can prevent the most common types of infection.

 To be most effective, inoculation should occur before the onset of sexual activity, and are therefore recommended between the ages of 9–13 years.

 Cervical cancer screening, such as the Papanicolaou test (“pap smear”), or examination of the cervix after applying acetic acid, can detect both early cancer and abnormal cells that may develop into cancer.

Screening allows for early treatment which results in better outcomes.

Screening has reduced both the number of cases and the number of deaths from cervical cancer.

Genital warts can be removed by freezing.

Nearly every sexually active individual is infected by HPV at some point in their lives.

 HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), globally.

High-risk HPVs cause about 5% of all cancers worldwide and about 37,300 cases of cancer in the United States each year.

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancers worldwide, causing an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 deaths in 2020.

About 90% of these new cases and deaths of cervical cancer occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Roughly 1% of sexually active adults have genital warts.

Cases of skin warts have been described since the time of ancient Greece,

but that they were caused by a virus was not determined until 1907.


“Disease is a condition of our body or part of our body that affects its functions.”

Due to illness, the health of the body deteriorates or the natural or normal functions of the body are adversely affected.

Illness has structural, functional and mental effects on the body.

Disease is abnormality of the body “Disease is disorder of body”

Corumunicable and Non Communicable disease-

A disease which is transmitted quickly from one person to another, directly or indirectly,

is called a communicable disease.

For example, diseases caused by micro-organisms are called communicable diseases.

Tuberculosis, cholera, malaria.

A disease which is not transmitted directly or indirectly from one person to another is called non-communicable disease.

Such as allergies, diseases caused by malnutrition, hormone related diseases and non-communicable diseases.

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